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Program Manager, Kidney Health Initiative

Posted: April 21, 2021

Location: Washington D.C.
Research, Discovery, Innovation (RDI): Program Manager, Kidney Health Initiative ASN Alliance for Kidney Health Job Description

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN)—which represents over 21,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and other health professionals dedicated to leading the fight against kidney diseases—seeks a full-time Program Manager (Kidney Health Initiative, KHI) of Research, Discovery, Innovation (RDI). Founded in 2012, KHI is a public-private partnership between the ASN, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and over 100 member organizations committed to catalyzing innovation and the development of safe and effective patient-centered therapies for people with kidney diseases.

KHI serves as a pre-competitive consortium that unites multiple projects addressing shared challenges in the development of innovative drugs, devices, and biologics for people with kidney diseases. Through its partnership with FDA, ASN supports administration and governance of the KHI Board of Directors and Patient and Family Partnership Council, and manages a portfolio of projects from conception, execution, closure, and communication.

Reporting to the Vice President of Research, Discovery, and Innovation, the KHI Program Manager will collaborate directly with the KHI Board of Directors and FDA counterparts to align strategy and operations with portfolio and project-level oversight. This individual will be responsible for managing an internal team of ASN project management and administrative staff, and for direct management of complex projects. These responsibilities include prioritizing and coordinating activities against project workplans and KHI's portfolio, identifying and mitigating risks at the portfolio and project-levels, ensuring timely and appropriate closure of projects, conducting objective-defined cross-stakeholder meetings, and ensuring communication of KHI's portfolio and projects to the internal and broader communities. The KHI Program Manager responsibilities include the opportunity to exhibit critical thinking, creativity, and team building.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the RDI Director, VP RDI, and Program Staff to implement best practices for portfolio and project management across KHI.
  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities that expand or deepen the contribution of KHI for people living with kidney diseases.
  • Mentoring and managing several team members, including volunteers from other organizations, to ensure progress on communications, program management, and implementation.
  • Communicating progress and acting on feedback to-and-from KHI stakeholders including the KHI Board of Directors, FDA, KHI Members, and other experts and key opinion leaders. This includes coordinating with other departments within the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health.
  • Providing portfolio and project management oversight and support to KHI Staff and project working groups, including but not limited to developing and tracking project plans against deadlines.
  • Tracking implementation of KHI's Communication Plan with ASN's Data Sciences Public Impact Team to ensure communication of KHI's progress and accomplishments at the portfolio and project levels.
  • Coordinating and sharing information with ASN staff. Serving as the face of the Kidney Health Initiative to external audiences.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of five years of work experience that relied on strong organizational skills reflecting ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks across and within teams seamlessly.
  • Experience connecting organizational strategic goals with a project portfolio, including management of available resources that ensure successful completion of quality project deliverables.
  • Experience working within a formalized governance structure.
  • Experience in team development, mentorship of colleagues in their professional development, and growing relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Direct experience in the operations and strategy of a pre-competitive consortium, particularly one focused on biotechnology, medical device or pharmaceutical industry and/or the federal research enterprise. Management experience in project conception, execution, and closure processes.
  • Prior experience leveraging management soft skills to drive multiple external stakeholders to consensus. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with internal staff, external experts, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience negotiating with a diverse group of key opinion leaders to conceptualize solutions that address unmet needs into a concrete project plan.
  • Experience communicating both strategic and activity-based concepts to a diversity of audiences, including formal presentations to non-kidney audiences.
  • Undergraduate degree required. Master's degree encouraged but not required.

ASN offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive package of fringe benefits.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements (with the subject line: Program Manager, Kidney Health Initiative) to ASN at Please note the society can only accept online applications for this position.